Urban Pharmaceutical Care, Research and Education Institute

In recognition of its mission as a metropolitan, Catholic, and Vincentian University, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences created The Urban Pharmaceutical Care Research and Education Institute in 2004.

The Urban Institute is an institute without walls. It is an “umbrella” for programs that provide students, faculty, pharmacists, physician assistants and other health care providers with the opportunity to research and better understand how health care needs are affected by the environmental, socioeconomic and cultural characteristics of New York City’s diverse communities — especially its low-income and immigrant populations. 

Get Involved 

Students enrolled in any of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ programs are encouraged and welcome to participate in any of the opportunities we have available throughout the year. Please contact us at any time.

Contact Information

Director of Urban Institute
John M. Conry, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP
Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean for Service Programs
Director of the Urban Pharmaceutical Care, Research and Education Institute
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
St. John’s University
[email protected]

Additional Information

Developed in 2013, this Program, inspired by the work of St. Vincent de Paul and the Vincentian Community, provides students of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with co-curricular opportunities to further explore, in both academic discussion and direct community outreach, healthcare needs for the urban indigent population. Students of the College voluntarily apply for participation in this interprofessional program. Each month, students are involved in an academic discussion regarding healthcare for the indigent at the University and then provide service directly to the urban indigent population in NYC.

The Urban Institute has developed opportunities for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ faculty and students to engage with New York City middle schools  and high schools. Its goal is to increase awareness of the pharmacy and health sciences professions among middle school and high school students.  Examples of such engagement include the organization of group visits to the College/University, invited faculty presentations that provide an overview of health professions to students, participation in school health and career fairs, and the development of articulated organizational strategic partnerships to enhance curriculum offerings for the schools. Additionally, the Urban Institute is proud to have developed and offer the "Changing Faces of Pharmacy- Student Enrichment Program".  This innovative program for high school students with an interest in pharmacy and/or healthcare introduces and broadens the participants’ understanding of the pharmacy profession and pharmacy curriculum.  It is a competitive application-based program. Selected students will participate in a 2-day program orientation with their parent(s)/guardian(s). Upon completing the orientation, students will be assigned a pharmacy student mentor who is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Students will have the opportunity to attend and participate in programming throughout the academic year at St. John’s University.  

The Urban Institute provides opportunities for faculty and students to engage the New York City community regarding their health and wellness, as well as, health profession career opportunities.